Here is a quick image of the first of the new set of mixed media pieces. I am planning on making 4 of these in various colors with slightly different treatments of the paint. Sending this first one over to Lot F Gallery for the show opening this Friday. Check it out.

Next month I am participating in a show over at Lot F Gallery along with two of my favorite Lot F artists, Josh Falk and Sean Flood. I will be showing some of my large paintings along with the next set of mixed media pieces. As always, the art will be good, the people will be interesting and the beer will be free so, be sure to come by the opening.

Facebook members can join the event page here

Lot F Gallery presents THREE

Works by

  • Sean Flood
  • Nick Ward
  • Josh Falk

New works from three Boston artists. Each with strong and distinct styles. A number of large substantial works will be available, as well as a range of other pieces.

Refreshments will be provided

For more information and pre-sale appointments email info@lotFgallery.com

I just finished three new small-ish mixed media pieces.  I started out by sketching out a simple line drawing of the portrait, then scanned it in and used the sketch to create a halftone pattern for screen printing.  Then, printed the image on primed panels and went back into the image using my normal methods of painting.  Mixing the mechanical looking screen prints with some pixelated looking painting seemed like a good combination and, overall I am pretty happy with the results.  I am thinking about pushing this technique further by using more layers in the screen print but I need to mull the ideas over a little more before I make the leap.  In any case, would love to get some feedback on these pieces and, if you like them, head on over to Lot F where all three (one printed in red, one printed in blue, and one printed in black) are available for sale this month.

By the way, excuse the junky cell phone photo, sent the pieces out without getting a decent image… oops.

If you are in the Boston area, be sure to stop by The Distillery for Open Studios this weekend. For those that have been in the past, remember to find me in my new studio, #405 (that we are affectionately referring too as “The Tower”). I am the first door on the left, just before the Distillery Gallery when you come in though the main entrance. For those of you on Facebook, if you check in on my artist page during your visit I will give you a free print (until I run out!). I have a few different prints to choose from, all hand pulled signed and numbered screen or block prints.

I have plenty of big new paintings and some beer from Jacks Abbey brewery to share so, be sure to stop by.

So, this is my 100th blog post on NickWardOnline. It has taken forever since I have only posted updates as new paintings develop or I manage to weasel my way into interesting events or shows but here we are at the big 100th post.

To celebrate I am going to make a new print to give away to anyone who reads my site, here or on Facebook notes.

So, it will be a multi-color hand pulled screen print but, the choice of image is yours.

  1. another print based on one of the make-up girls paintings.
  2. a print based on one of the sunbather girls.
  3. an entirely new print, a sneak peak into the next series.

Anyone who wants can leave a comment on my site or on Facebook, or email me with your vote for image choice.

After that, anyone who reads these posts that wants a print can just send me an email letting me know that they want a copy of the print. I will give everyone a few weeks or maybe a month to respond to make sure nobody gets left out, then I will make a run of prints. Then, I will send everyone a hand pulled limited edition screen print.

I posted a while back about some prints that I was in the process of making and I have finally managed to finish them. So, like I said before, it is an edition of 20 prints. Each one is a hand pulled screen print that I then go back into and add finishing touches with brushes and ink. They are all slightly different, some are very basic and some have more embellishments on top of the original print. First 4 will be $10, second 4 will be $20 third 4 will be $40 and the price will continue to double like that until there are no prints left.

Ready or Not, Screen Print by Nick Ward
Ready or Not, Screen Print by Nick Ward

In an effort to not starve to death, I have made a new series of screen prints for a little internet sales experiment. The print, called “Ready or Not, Here I Come”, will be four 8″ hand pulled screen prints on 8.5″x11″ cardstock. I will print a limited edition of 20 sets of 4 prints. To add a little twist to this experiment, the first 4 sets of 4 prints will be $10.00, then the price will double to $20.00 for the second 4 sets of prints, then $40.00 for the third four sets of prints, ect. until all 20 sets of prints are sold. So, it will be cheap for anyone that acts fast but, will get pricier when fewer prints are available.

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Here I Come, screen print by Nick Ward Here I Come, screen print by Nick Ward
Here I Come, screen print by Nick Ward Here I Come, screen print by Nick Ward

Thanks to Nikki for posing for these images and, if you want more Nikki in your life, the paintings of her will be finished soon.